Dwa dodatkowe cylindry, nowoczesna stylizacja i doskonałe maniery drogowe były argumentami, które miały zapewnić przewagę nowemu modelowi nad kultowym modelem 911. Porsche 928 debiutowało w 1977 roku, zdobywając tytuł Car of the Year w 1978. Uwodziło komfortem i osiągami, będąc doskonałym autem klasy GT. Na rynku utrzymało się aż do 1995 roku, choć nigdy nie przybliżyło się do sprzedażowego sukcesu bardziej spartańskiej 911-tki. W swojej ostatniej formie, jako Porsche 928 GTS, dysponowało jednostką V8 5,4 l o mocy 350 KM. Oferowany egzemplarz pochodził z rynku amerykańskiego, zachowany był w perfekcyjnym stanie, z przebiegiem zaledwie 38 tysięcy kilometrów. Porsche licytowane było bez ceny minimalnej, osiągając imponującą cenę ponad pół miliona złotych.
1994 PORSCHE 928 GTS
US$ 75,000 – 100,000
PLN 300,000 – 390,000
Sold for US$ 132,000 (PLN 512,990) inc. premium
THE AMELIA ISLAND AUCTION
1994 PORSCHE 928 GTS
5,397cc DOHC 32 Valve V8 Engine
Electronic Fuel Injection
350bhp at 6,500rpm
5-Speed Manual Transaxle
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Disc Brakes
*Exquisite example of the rare 928 GTS
*Less than 24,000 miles – highly original condition
*Made in final production year
*Elegant color combination
*Offered with CARFAX, Original Window Sticker, books and accessories
THE PORSCHE 928
Unveiled at the Geneva Salon in 1977 and voted Car of the Year for 1978, the 928 was intended as an up-market replacement for the long-running 911, but in the event Porsche’s rear-engined classic would outlive its younger sibling. The front-engined 928’s stylish hatchback body featured aluminum doors, bonnet and front wings in the interests of weight saving, while ingenious impact-resistant 'bumpers' made of color-matched plastic were incorporated into the nose and tail. The V8 engine – Porsche’s first – displaced 4.5 liters and produced 234bhp. A five-speed transaxle gearbox or three-speed automatic were the transmission options. In 1979 the 928S with its 4.6-litre engine arrived and then in 1986 the model was further revised and restyled, becoming the 928 S4. Its engine producing 320bhp courtesy of twin-cam, 16-valve cylinder heads and enlargement to 4,957cc, the S4 enjoyed a welcome top speed boost to 160mph.
In 1989 Porsche moved the game on with the even more powerful 928 GT, which with a top speed of around 170mph was the Stuttgart firm’s fastest production car at that time, before launching the model’s ultimate incarnation: the 928 GTS. Introduced at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1991, the latter boasted a 5.4-litre engine producing all of 345bhp and in this form the 928 lasted in production until the model’s deletion in 1995. Porsche has not made anything like it since and today this appreciating modern classic enjoys an enthusiastic following worldwide.
THE MOTORCAR OFFERED
Offered here is what must be one of the best-kept 928 GTS available anywhere. Completed at the Zuffenhausen-based Porsche factory in September 1994, the new top of the line GTS was equipped for the American market, with a long list of options and extras, and would soon after arrive on US shores. According to the CARFAX report and the owner’s manual, the first owner, Mr. Arch Lee Heady, registered the new 928 GTS in April 1995 in Prospect, KY. The car appears to have been used sparingly by the first owner and had covered less than 3,000 miles when purchased by the second owner in November 2001, a Houston, TX based enthusiast. By 2002 the car was in Massachusetts, but soon after relocated to Southern California where it remained with a Manhattan Beach-based enthusiast until 2010.
Today, this sporting Porsche remains in highly original and extremely well preserved condition, covering less than 24,000 miles since new. The Porsche continues to impress in the factory original livery of silver metallic over a grey interior. All compartments are clean with the factory applied decals in place and the car’s original owner’s manual is still with it. The car’s impressive history file contains many receipts dating back to the 1990’s, further authenticating the low mileage, as well as the cars original window sticker. These powerful V8 Porsches offer a massive 500 foot pounds of torque in a well-balanced sports car and should be recognized as one of the all time greats from the Stuttgart manufacturer. This extremely well presented, low mileage 5-speed example deserves serious consideration.